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Dr. Roberta Bondar Gives Exclusive Presentation to 300 Local High School Students


Monday, October 29, 2007, Peterborough

World-famous astronaut and Trent University Chancellor Dr. Roberta Bondar spoke to 300 local high school students at an exclusive engagement entitled “Suspended in Air: what life without gravity teaches us about the gravity of life”.

Dr. Bondar discussed a range of interdisciplinary subjects, such as how the human body changes in zero gravity, what we can learn about the world from space, and what we can do to help the environment.

In describing this one hour lecture, Dr. Bondar said, “Human spaceflight gives us a reality check of Earth as an evolving planet. The human body is constant remodeling in space and has the potential to change as we move from gravity through weightlessness back to gravity on Earth, our moon or Mars. This is a unique opportunity for students to hear first-hand about space flight and the ways in which it can inspire us to make a positive impact in our lives.”

Internationally acclaimed for her engaging presentation style, Dr. Bondar is a woman of remarkable intellect and experiences who brings an original perspective to topics of global significance. In addition to being Trent University’s ninth Chancellor, Dr. Bondar is best known as a space scientist, neurologist, astronaut, author and an award-winning landscape photographer.

“Suspended in Air” is the first in a new annual presentation series highlighting Trent’s strengths in interdisciplinary education entitled Multiple Lenses: The Chancellor’s Forum. Dr. Bondar’s presentation took place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Galaxy Theatres, located at 320 Water Street in Peterborough.


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